• Loading KStateSports Tweets...
    1 second ago
MAIN ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS | TRADITION | FACILITIES | CAMPS | CLINICS | MEDIA GUIDE | ARCHIVE
K-State Holds Weekly Press Conference


GO WILDCATS
Quarterback Collin Klein

GO WILDCATS
Quarterback Collin Klein
GO WILDCATS

Sept. 20, 2011

Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the difficulty emulating Miami’s speed during practices…
“You are what you are. If you do not have people who can replicate what someone else can do, then it hinders your preparation. That might be true in a lot of different arenas and it is certainly true as it relates to speed. We just do not have it. Not saying that everybody we have is left-footed, but we still do not possess that kind of speed. It is hard.”

On the defensive improvement from last season…
“I do not have a number to put on it, but I think we are playing harder, smarter and faster. I think we are playing a little more aggressively than we did at most times last year. There were times again, that we played I thought, quite well defensively but not enough of it.”

On offensive improvements from the first game…
“I thought our offensive line performed better. I thought collectively we improved, but there were areas where we put four balls on the ground—the wide receivers. That is uncharacteristic and things we do not like to have happen in that arena, but I think it was evident that the improvement was there. Kent State gets overlooked sometimes; they are a very fine defensive football team. To put 27 points on the board in the first half against them I thought was a very fine performance. Kent State had some penalties as we did; it was kind of a game between two teams that did not have all the discipline they needed for the ball game. I think the things that highlighted it for me was probably the two back-to-back 90-plus yard drives. There were some helpless penalties, but nevertheless, it held together and made extensive drives without a play over 15 yards, with one exception of one running play over 15 yards; but there were no passing plays over 15 yards. I thought we were reasonably improved from the first game.”

On having a recruiting presence in Miami…
“We had a reasonable amount of guys from Florida. More than we have now. We would like to have more of a presence down there. We have a few guys—the Lamur brothers, they’re both from down there and a couple others. Not the numbers we have had in the past, but we are hoping to make some end roads down there. We have kind of put our foot in the door down there, but I think at this time it remains to be seen. For the obvious reasons, you like to have speed in your program and most people tell you that warmer climates are where they are located.“

On Collin Klein’s lack of starts and overall performance…
“I do not have a concern about it. It does not mean that something could not happen, but he is a very composed young man. That remains to be seen. I do not have concerns about that. I think he has improved. I think he was better in the first game. He was better than he was last year and better in the second game than in the first game. I think he is gradually doing what we anticipate and hope for with all of our players.”

On defensive players’ performances this season…
“I think that the majority have played reasonably well. Who would I highlight over somebody else is the question; but David [Garrett] obviously played well last week, Arthur [Brown] played well last week. They have all played reasonably well. David showed up because of the interception, but he did play well in other aspects of the game, and at other times during the game. Arthur was reasonably consistent during the game, but had some bad snaps during the third and fourth quarters, but by in large both ball games they have played hard, played aggressively and played fast.“

On Miami’s offense…
“This is a major step for our defense. It will be very definitive on where we are. Hopefully we play as well as we are capable of playing and continue to make some improvement and that will give us a good assessment of where we are regardless of the outcome. It gives us a good assessment, if indeed we play well. We were better in the first game, we were better in the second game and that is what I am looking for in this ball game. This will probably give us as good of test as we can have.“

Defensive Back Nigel Malone
On excitement for the game…
“They (Miami) have a lot of good skill sets and I am looking forward to seeing how we match up against better competition.”

On the readiness of the defense…
“I think that our defense is definitely ready. Playing in the Big 12, we have to play against a lot of good teams so we do not have a choice but to be ready."

On Miami’s speed…
“That is the first thing that jumps off of the film when you watch it. They also have very good running backs which is a strong point of their offense. We just have to come out and play a balanced game."

On the defensive key to stopping Miami…
“It is just playing fast and playing tough."

Defensive Back Tysyn Hartman
On the challenge of Miami…
“The first thing that comes to mind when talking about Miami is their speed. Being in Florida and getting all of those Florida recruits who are fast guys in a state known for speed, it is going to be a tough match-up for us."

On the step-up in competition…
“It is a definite step-up in competition and quality of opponent. They have a great team and good athletes all around the board. It is going to be a challenge for us on defense but I feel confident in the speed of our defense to compete with theirs.”

On showcasing the improved defense…
“It is definitely our biggest test so far. We have done well up to this point but we have to keep that going.”

Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On the expectations of playing Miami…
“I think just like any game we are expecting to go in there and come out with a win. That is the goal and that is what we expect. It definitely will be a test. Obviously Miami is a fast, physical team and they are going to have a good crowd there. It is our first road game of the year, but we expect to win every game we play. That is our mentality and we are not going to change that just because it is Miami.”

On the difference of the mentality of Miami from the last two…
“I have not seen much of a change in the demeanor of the team. Obviously we have a bunch of guys from the Miami area and they are a little bit more jacked up for the game which is good. Some of these guys do not get to play in front of their family a lot. So other than that I think people are a little bit more excited for the game just because it is Miami. You could probably ask the whole team and I bet that 50 percent of the team’s favorite team growing up was Miami. In that respect it is probably a little bit different, but I think we are preparing for it just like we did for Eastern Kentucky, just like we did for Kent State and I really do not think there is too many differences.”

On Arthur Brown returning to Miami…
“Arthur is just going about his business like he does every other day. Nothing has changed for Arthur. I am sure that he has got a little fire inside of him that is burning a little harder this week, but other than that Arthur is just an even keel guy. He does not change his demeanor no matter the circumstances. Arthur is just going to go out and play his game like he does every week. We are not worried about Arthur or any distractions that he might have and that is just the type of guy that he is.”

Quarterback Collin Klein
On being ready for a Miami-type of opponent…
“We will find out. We have made and are making improvements. We just have to keep it up. Miami is a great team with great team speed. We are going to have to execute our plan well. We are working on it now and we will just have to see what happens.“

On an absolute key to beating Miami…
“There is probably a lot of those. I do not know if I can pick one but we are going to have to take care of the ball. We cannot turn it over, and we still had too many penalties last week. We cannot put ourselves in tough situations by hurting ourselves with penalties; holding, illegal procedures, things of that nature. We cannot turn it over, we cannot beat ourselves, and we just have to play well.”

On any areas that the team can exploit…
“We are still diving into the game plan. It kind of grows and even changes shape throughout the week. I am sure by the end of the week I will have a better idea of exactly what things are going to look like. Right now we are just trying to get ourselves better, and take it one day at a time.”

Offensive Lineman BJ Finney
On Miami’s defensive players…
“They move exactly like Roosevelt Nix does, fast, high motor and it will be quite the challenge this week.“

On being concerned about injuries to the offensive line…
“We really cannot think about it too much. We have to line up and play football because that is one of the things that we cannot control and so we should not even worry about it. If somebody goes down then they go down, and then next guy just has to step up and go play.”